I call on the New South Wales government to ban greyhound racing.
The industry masquerades as a “sport”, but there is nothing sporting about overbreeding and killing dogs. These highly social and sensitive animals, no different to the ones we share our homes with, are sentenced to a life in a cramped cage or kennel. Many die from illnesses and injuries, including broken legs, heatstroke, and heart attacks.
A greyhound’s racing career is usually a year or two long, and most dogs are “retired” – or rather discarded – when they’re between 2 and 4 years old. Despite reports of massive overbreeding and the discovery of mass graves full of dead dogs, there is still no lifetime tracking for racing greyhounds in New South Wales, and thousands of dogs still go missing – and are feared killed – each year.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen the closure of the last greyhound-racing track in London and seen 40 US states make commercial dog-racing illegal. In 2017, the Australian Capital Territory passed legislation to ban greyhound racing after finding that one-third of dogs injured while racing in Canberra disappeared.
Do the right thing: stop greyhound racing.